By Nicholas Slayton – LADowntownNews.com – Photo: Courtesy LA Plaza de Cultura y Arte.
Photo: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes has opened Recuerdos del Futuro, an exhibition on the work of Gilbert “Magu” Luján. A leader in the Chicano art movement, Lujan’s work often employed Mesoamerican elements and themes.
DTLA – Inside LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, the Mexican-American museum and cultural center on Main Street, a series of colorful, bold sculptures and drawings are on display. The late artist, who went by the nickname “Magu,” was a pioneer in the Chicano art movement in Los Angeles, California, starting in the 1960s. A member of the Chicano art collective Los Four (which, ironically, later gained a fifth member in Judith Hernandez), he created murals in East Los Angeles and eventually the rest of the city. His mainstream work included helping design the Hollywood/Vine Red Line Metro station before his death in 2011.